Moscow to Beijingvia the Trans-Mongolian Railway
Moscow to Beijing by train
Traveling west to east by train from Moscow to Beijing lends a definite European feel to the beginning of the trip. Begin in Moscow, adding extra nights as you wish, or extend the adventure with a couple of nights in Saint Petersburg. The Trans-Mongolian route is certainly the more popular route, and arguably the more scenic and diverse, with most guests choosing to stop in Irkutsk / Lake Baikal and Mongolia.
For a really rich experience of Russia, load up with stopovers throughout the journey, choosing from any of the following destinations: Vladimir / Suzdal, Kazan, Ekaterinburg, Krasnoyarsk, Irkutsk / Lake Baikal or Ulan-Ude. A couple of days by the shore of Lake Baikal in the heart of Siberia, and on the open steppe in Mongolia, offer unlimited adventure as well as a more relaxed atmosphere between the boisterous scene of Moscow and Beijing. Alternatively, travellers can continue on from Irkutsk (or Ulan-Ude) directly to Beijing via the Trans-Manchurian line, effectively bypassing Mongolia.
Reaching Beijing, home to more than 20 million people, travellers are most often surprised and enchanted by this schizophrenic city showcasing a mix of modern and ancient charm. Save time for at least a couple of days for this fabulous megalopolis.
Be sure to check out the various tour programs in the various destinations to create the perfect mix of adventure and cultural highlights, extending or trimming the stopovers to suit your time frame, budget and travel interests. And of course, feel free to add on extra nights and tour programs in Beijing. Most train journeys can be upgraded to first class, two people in a sleeper cabin.
A few of our most popular packages
Polny MB Direct
10 days / from €1,330
Moscow to Beijing direct, via Mongolia
Arguably the more scenic and varied direct route. Crossing the geographic border between Asia and Europe, travelling through Siberia and the open steppe of Mongolia, before passing through the Gobi and the mountains of northern China.
Osnova MB4 (IU)
13 days / 2 stops / from €1,360
Moscow to Beijing, with budget tour services in Irkutsk / Lake Baikal and Mongolia.
The Osnova budget version of our popular two-stop package is perfect for guests travelling on a limited budget or time frame. Combining days by majestic Lake Baikal with the Mongolian Open Steppe.
Polny MB4 (IU)
18 days / 2 stops / from €2,755
Moscow to Beijing, with tour programs in Irkutsk / Lake Baikal and Mongolia.
Our most popular package, showcasing majestic Lake Baikal and the Mongolian Open Steppe.
Polny MB5 (EIU)
20 days / 3 stops / from €3,050
Moscow to Beijing, with tour programs in Ekaterinburg, Irkutsk / Lake Baikal and Mongolia.
A fantastic balanced package showcasing the cultural highlights of Beijing, Ekaterinburg and Moscow, alongside the natural scenery and adventure by the shore of Lake Baikal and across central Mongolia.
‘The Polny was a perfect package for us – a perfect balance of hand-holding and independent travel. The guides really helped us to learn so much more about the country and each place than we would have done if we had just been on our own.’Hannah Bedard, Oct 2014
Polny MB6 (EKIU)
22 days / 4 stops / from €3,355
Moscow to Beijing, with tour programs in Ekaterinburg, Krasnoyarsk, Irkutsk / Lake Baikal and Mongolia.
An adventurous package that provides a broad experience of Russia, including Ekaterinburg, Krasnoyarsk and beautiful Lake Baikal, along with a wonderful tour program in central Mongolia.
Polny MB8 (KEKIUU)
26 days / 6 stops / from €4,330
Moscow to Beijing, with tour programs in Kazan, Ekaterinburg, Krasnoyarsk, Irkutsk / Lake Baikal, Ulan-Ude and Mongolia.
The epic adventure. Embark on an incredible journey across Russia, and explore the open steppe in Mongolia.